Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 13th. February, 2015.

February 16, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Photo Posts, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Temp. 7°C (45°F) -4°C (39°F), Wind Direction: South South Easterly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Moderate, Sunset: 17:13 GMT.

The Scaup was on the canal again today about one hundred and fifty yards from my back gate, I could almost include it in the “Lodge Feeders” reports!

Lodge Feeders: 3 Bullfinch, 16 Goldfinch. Bennerley: Drake Scaup [Stensons Lock, Cotmanhay] 180 Black-headed Gull. 140 Wigeon, 52 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 1 Jack Snipe, 112 Golden Plover, 95 Lapwing, 2 Grey Heron, 44 Redwing, 9 Fieldfare. Chat Corner: 11 Snipe, 2 Stonechat [m. f.] 18 Fieldfare, Kestrel, Pheasant.




Drake Scaup


Unlikely Bedfellow!


And Again




Bennerley Marsh, Thursday, 15th. January, 2015.

January 15, 2015 in Latest Patch Sightings, Read Posts, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 5°C (41°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 19 mph, Visibility: Good, Sunset: 16:19 GMT.

Bennerley: 2 Cormorant, 4 Goosander, 1 Shoveler, 38 Teal, 130 Wigeon, 85 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Grey Heron. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Goldcrest, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Stonechat., 6 Redwing. Chat Corner: Buzzard, Kestrel, 1 Redwing.

Bennerley Marsh, Sunday, 23rd. November, 2014.

November 24, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp. 8°C (46°F), Wind Direction: North Westerly, Wind Speed: 6.mph, Visibility: Cloud, Sun,Moderate,Sunset: 16:00 GMT.

Close Encounters Of The Jack Snipe Kind. I had already seen one Jack Snipe get up on the Coal Dispersal Point along with a couple of Snipe when I almost stepped on a second “Jack” and as it rose skywards there was a brief moment when time stood still and with the tiny bird at eye level and just for a nano second I got a superb view of this little gem, it really is amazing in these very rare occurrences how quickly the human brain [even mine !] reacts, with its wings spread I saw every minute detail, its short bill, dark crown and split eye stripe all in a split second – Brilliant Bennerley !

Bennerley. 115 Wigeon, 40 Teal, 20 Shoveler, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Snipe, 82 Golden Plover, 75 Lapwing, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Grey Wagtail. Chat Corner, 2 Snipe, Kestrel, 3 Meadow Pipit, 17 Redwing, 7 Fieldfare, 1 Wren.


House Sparrows


Mute Swan


Up Close And Personal


In Yer Face !


Dabbling Mallards




Long Shot Of Teal At Bennerley


Another Chat Corner Sunset



A few of the 80 + Golden Plover at Bennerley on Sunday, taken with the Canon SX50 at long distance, X 50 zoom.

Bennerley Marsh, Shipley, Sunday, 9th. November, 2014.

November 10, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 Max. Temp. 9°C (48°F) Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 6mph, Visibility: Sun, Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 16:20 GMT.

Bennerley lived up to its name today, it was in fact a “marsh” with a good flood cover a fair sized area and there was water on either side of Newtons Lane for a change. Good counts of ducks, gulls [black-headed] and even Buzzards with four putting in an appearance, plus half a dozen Snipe and a single Jack Snipe. No “chats” today at Chat Corner but a nice few Meadow Pipit and even more gulls.

A slow start up the hill at Shipley, just on Grey Squirrel in Shipley Wood ! but thing are getting better, slowly, on Shipley Lake but just a few Gadwall on the Shipley View Lagoons. Straws Bridge was worth the look with my first Goosander of the Winter and a Water Rail in Pewit Carr. Again Woodside was quiet with a pair of Lesser Redpoll being the highlight, but a nice day and a nice walk.

Bennerley. 125 Wigeon, 32 Teal, 11 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 32 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 6 Snipe, Grey Heron, 220 Black-headed Gull, 4 Buzzard, 25 Goldfinch, 5 Greenfinch, 5 Redwing, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 240 Black-headed Gull, 28 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting, 3 Pheasant, Kestrel. Shipley Lake. 45 Wigeon, 7 Pochard, 6 Teal, 2 Gadwall. 6 Great Crested Grebe, Shipley View Lagoons. 7 Gadwall, 1 Fieldfare. Straws Bridge. 3 Pochard, 1 Goosander [m.] 12 Pied Wagtail. Pewit Carr. Water Rail. Woodside. 2 Lesser Redpoll, Green Woodpecker, 3 Pheasant, Jay.


Goosander, Straws Bridge


Pochard, Straws Bridge


Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge


A Different Pied Wagtail, Straws Bridge


Mallards, Bennerley Marsh


Meadow Pipits, Chat Corner


On the rocks !


Wood Pigeons


Canada Geese


Common Gull, Black-headed Gulls, Straws Bridge


Pied Wagtail


Wood Pigeon, Bennerley

Bennerley Marsh, Friday, 7th. November, 2014.

November 7, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

 Max.Temp. 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South Westerly, Wind Speed: 16 mph, Visibility: Cloud, ** Moderate, Sunset: 16:24 GMT.

If anyone is wondering what the two asterix’s are in the weather info. are, they are to tell me that today persisted down with rain ! still it was worth getting a little damp for a Jack Snipe and a couple of Stonechats,  through the murk I could see one of the Stonechats was female but with both birds being so wet and bedraggled I could only say that the second bird was probably a male.

Bennerley Lodge. 120 Starling, 10 Goldfinch.Bennerley. 190 Black-headed Gull, Grey Heron, 95 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 55 Lapwing, 5 Snipe, Jack Snipe, Pheasant, 3 Redwing, Kestrel. Chat Corner. 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting, 12 Redwing, 4 Snipe, Pheasant, Grey Heron.


A view of the marsh through the murk.


Bennerley Marsh, Wednesday, 29th. October, 2014.

October 29, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 11°C (52°F), Wind Direction: East North Easterly, Wind Speed: 7mph, Visibility: l/Cloud. Mod. * Sunset: 16:41 GMT.

Not much to report birdwise today, no wintering ducks, no Lapwings but a single Jack Snipe and fair numbers of “northern thrushes” cheered me up a little. The reason for the lack of birds on the marsh may have been the trundling machine making the service road between the farm gate and the viaduct fit for the passage of materials and machinery needed to build a new footbridge over the railway after the removal of the old one, meaning sometime soon the footpath will be closed while the work is done.

Bennerley. Jack Snipe, 90 Black-headed Gull, Green Woodpecker, 2 Meadow Pipit, Buzzard, Kestrel. Chat Corner. Snipe, 50 Fieldfare, 45 Redwing, 30 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch.


Young Mute Swan on the River Erewash


A Small Mushroom


A distant Kestrel


Bennerley Marsh, Thursday, 23rd. October, 2014.

October 23, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max. Temp: 14°C (57°F), Wind Direction: South South Westerly, Wind Speed: 12 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Moderate, Sunset: 17:53 BST.

The Bennerley coal plant is now a gated area ! gates have been installed at both ends of the concrete road so I imagine that the “sides” will be fenced off soon , motor bikes and 4X4′s are definitely not welcome, if you haven’t eaten all the pies you can just about squeeze past the gate.Other work is going on around Chat Corner on the Severn Trent side, an elaborate new stock fence is  being installed, there is a “no mans land” between the fence and the hedgerows, whether this is to protect the hedgerow I’m not sure but that would be good.

First birds of the day, almost’ were Jack Snipe and Snipe plus Green and Great Spotted ‘peckers, a nice few Redwing, likewise Long-tailed Tit and a trio of Migrant Hawker Dragonflies !

Bennerley. 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Snipe, 4 Lapwing, 85 Black-headed Gull, 3 Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 45 Redwing, 40 Goldfinch, 4 Bullfinch, 32 Long-tailed Tit, Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit.


Fort Bennerley !


Phone Mast-A favorite roost for Starlings.




Female Mallard


Bennerley Marsh, Thursday, 2nd. October, 2014.

October 2, 2014 in Photo Posts, Read Posts, Sightings, The Bennerley Birders Pages by Bennerley

Max: 16°C (61°F), 12°C (54°F), Wind Direction: South Easterly, Wind Speed: 4 mph, Visibility: Cloud, Good, Sunset: 18:41 BST.

First Jack Snipe of the winter at Bennerley Today but not a single hirundine. Still quite a few Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters about, plus two of my favorite butterflies, the exquisite Small Copper.

Bennerley. 11 Teal, Buzzard, Kestrel, 45 Black-headed Gull, 1 Jack Snipe, 1 Snipe, 1 Lapwing, 6 Meadow Pipit. Chat Corner. 2 Grey Heron, 2 Kestrel, 2 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet, 4  Long-tailed Tit.




Common Darter



Notts sightings for Thu 4th Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 5, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Epperstone - 1 Jack Snipe.
  • Gamston Wood - 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest, 20+ Redwing [some birds singing at roost].
  • Eaton Wood - 1 Woodcock, 2 Treecreeper, 2 Goldcrest.
  • Daneshill Lakes - 19 Northern Shoveler, 1 Common Kingfisher, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Treecreeper, 10+ Redwing, 2 Jay, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Bullfinch.
  • Skegby Trail - European Robin, Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush, Fieldfare, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Eurasian Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Buzzard.

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Notts sightings for Wed 3rd Apr (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

April 5, 2013 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Bittern [15:45 at Clifton Pond reedbeds].
  • Worksop - Bohemian Waxwing.
  • Clifton - Bohemian Waxwing.
  • Misson - Black Redstart.
  • Cotham Flash - Glaucous Gull.
  • Collingham Lakes - 9 Common Goldeneye, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Green Sandpiper.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 5 Common Goldeneye, 2 Goosander, 1 Dunlin, 4 Jack Snipe, 5 Common Snipe.
  • Scarrington - 4 Whooper Swan [adults in field south of village]. Flew towards A46 at 09:30].

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